Bring springtime wildflowers into your skincare routine with the lovely violet!
Violets (Viola odorata), those pretty little perennial spring wildflowers and leaves, have what is called demulcent. That means they contain a good amount of mucilage which cools the skin and reduces inflammation and redness. That is why the plant feels slippery and moist. Violet leaves and flowers contain excellent moisturizing properties for dry skin.
The use of harsh cleansers, diet and the effects of aging all take their toll. Our hands especially take a beating and since they are a first impression upon greeting people, we certainly don't want them to be red and dry. Lotions and creams are the result of the combination of the emollient benefits of oil with the hydrating effects of water.
For this lotion we start with violet infused-almond oil and combine it with cocoa butter, aloe vera, water, lecithin and glycerin.
Vegetable glycerin is added as a humectant which is useful for maintaining moisture in dry skin.
Aloe vera is not only soothing but has many skin reparative benefits.
Cocoa butter is one of the ultimate moisturizers and helps to seal in all the benefits from the ingredient list.
Lecithin helps to hydrate skin but also acts as an emulsifier to help hold the oil and water contents together.
Emulsifying wax comes from naturally occurring esters and fatty acids from the Palm Kernel plant and is processed into a pastille flake form. Palm Kernel oil (Elaeis guineensis) is derived from the fruit's seed. I use emulsifying wax for the body lotions rather than beeswax (which is used for the facial creams) because due to the higher water content in the lotions, the emulsifying wax seems to work better to prevent the oil/water content from separating.
Useful as a hand or a full body lotion you won't find yourself needing to reapply it as often as you may be doing now. Being a richer, higher oil:water ratio than you may be used to, you don't need a lot at a time. Using too much at a time results in it taking longer to absorb and you may interpret that as it being greasy.
With so many items we use for body care having an added scent, some people just do not want the combination of various fragrances. Therefore, this lotion does not contain any added essential oils.
NOTE ON PRESERVATION:
Items are made in small batches as they are needed. The concept behind this shop is for the consumer seeking all natural products with the understanding that the items are not intended to sit around and natural preservatives are used.
Natural preservatives normally used in the creams are antimicrobial grapefruit seed extract, antioxidant Vit. E and the concentration of essential oils. What this means is that while these natural preservatives deter the growth of bacteria and molds, they are not broad spectrum and only offer a limited shelf life. Being the risk of contamination and loss of potency over time is present in any perishable product, please try to use the item within 3 to 4 months. Products which contain water such as the creams and lotions are the most at risk for contamination. The salves, containing no water, are very stable as is and are fine for months. Keep any of the products in a cool location, and out of exposure to heat and sunlight. Refrigeration will extend the shelf life of perishable items.
The body lotions contain a higher water content than our facial creams, therefore being a higher risk for mold and bacteria growth outside of refrigeration I do use a synthetic preservative in the body lotions. I use a broad-sprectrum product called Optiphen, a paraben and formaldehyde-free preservative. Optiphen is a globally approved preservative system created by ISP consisting of Phenoxyethanol and Caprylyl Glycol. So though it is a synthetic preservative, it is a good choice for those who want to avoid parabens as much as possible.
Please let me know if you prefer it not be used upon ordering.
Body lotions come in an 8 oz plastic bottle or if you don't want it in a bottle you can choose it come in a plastic jar. You choose the type of top at check-out, either a pump or a pop-up cap. If you have a preference of the bottle please let me know. Pictured above are the white or natural #2 HDPE or clear #1 PET plastic, all easily recyclable.
The clear PET plastic bottle is the boston style bottle so even though it looks smaller than the taller #2 HDPE bottles, both types hold 8 oz.
Violet Tales and Fun Facts:
The word “violet” is a derivative of the Old French word, “violet”. Its scientific name, Viola, refers to a large genus of flowering plants in the violet family, Violaceae.
Violet is the flower of Aphrodite and the symbol of Athens.
Violets were created by Jupiter as a special food for his lover Io after he changed her into a white calf. He changed her to prevent his wife Juno from catching him cheating on her.
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